The New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Presidential Elections Committee has published its operational rules and regulations for its presidential primaries on November 4, 2023.
The prohibition of delegates camping on Election Day is a key provision in the rules.
“There shall be no campaign, canvassing for votes or gathering of party people for any purpose whatsoever a day before voting.
Also, No delegates shall be allowed to enter the voting screen or booth in groups or pairs. Delegates who have already cast their vote shall not be re-admitted into the voting perimeter”.NPP Presidential Election Committee
In a statement signed by the Secretary to the Presidential Election Committee of the party, Mr. William Yamoah, the guidelines state that a Voting Center can have more than one polling station but on the same premises, as long as the threshold does not exceed one thousand (1000) delegates. The statement also indicated that there will be no congregation on the day of voting, which means no provision to address delegates or the public by any party executive, government official, or contestants.
Again, according to the statement it is an offense for unaccredited persons to enter the voting perimeter. The Presidential Election Committee of the party indicated that the Electoral Commission of Ghana shall supervise the conduct of the election and have the full responsibility of ensuring a transparent, free, and fair election.
Additionally, security activities rest exclusively with the police, and access beyond the security perimeter is restricted to delegates, Presidential Elections Committee Members, Contestants, and their accredited agents.
The Presidential Election Committee of the party also noted that the election will take place on Saturday, November 4, 2023, at all the 276 constituencies nationwide and the Party Headquarters, Asylum Down, Accra (277 voting centers in all).
“The Electoral Commission shall recommend venues as Voting Centers across the country in each Constituency Capital, and the proposed Voting Centers shall be discussed and accepted by all stakeholders”.NPP Presidential Election Committee
All voters are also required to leave the demarcated voting perimeters immediately after voting. Delegates are required not to take phones to the voting perimeter, and it is an offense to take a picture of any vote or show any vote to any person or to the public but agents of the contestants are allowed to have their phones.
The Committee also emphasized that the Electoral Commission shall use complex serial numbers to avoid ballots being traced to voters at a later date, and voting shall be by a walk-in standard practice.
“The individual shall approach the polling area and vote secretly accordingly. Overall, the guidelines aim to ensure a peaceful and fair election process”.NPP Presidential Election Committee
Alan Set To Speak On His Political Ambition On Monday
The former flagbearer hopeful of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, is set to address the public on his political ambition coming Monday, September 25.
He expected to make known to the general public and his supporters the role he is going to play in Ghana’s politics as he communicated on Tuesday night September 5 2023 in his withdrawal statement.
The decision follows his withdrawal from the upcoming NPP presidential race, citing instances of intimidation towards his supporters during the recent Super Delegates’ Conference.
The New Patriotic Party Presidential Election Committee conducted balloting for its presidential candidates on Wednesday 13 September 2023 ahead of the November 4, 2023, National Delegate Conference.
At the end of the balloting, the Assin Central Member of Parliament, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong picked number one while the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia picked ballot number two.
Former Minister for Agriculture Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto picked the third number while former Member of Parliament for Mampong, Francis Addai Nimo picked the fourth number.
The New Patriotic Party is expected to hold its National Delegates Conference on November 4 to elect its flagbearer for the 2024 general elections.